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Nature Ninja Warrior Spring 2018

 

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Through the vision of our Director, Eric Call, a new department initiative kicked off this spring. The Nature Ninja Warrior Program provides underrepresented middle and high school youth with diverse experiences in parks and recreation. This free program highlights youth development opportunities in park and natural resource management, outdoor experiential learning and environmental recreation, with an emphasis on job and life skills development. Between February 17 and April 14, 2018, 14 middle school youth traveled to John Prince Park in Lake Worth on eight consecutive Saturdays and two days during spring break and set out for adventure and learning in our parks and natural areas.

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Activities included the FAU ropes course, canoeing, archery, fishing, habitat restoration, assisting with Outdoor Adventure Day and geocaching. Students learned about wetlands, prescribed fire, resume building, proper interview techniques, bird adaptations and invasive exotic plants. The program culminated with a graduation ceremony at the CMAA Therapeutic Recreation Center in Lake Worth where family and friends of the participants gathered for presentations and refreshments.

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The program was a huge success thanks to our partners and the parks and recreation professionals that facilitated all components of the program. Partner agencies included: PBC Youth Services, who assisted our department with identifying program participants; Palm Tran, who provided bus passes for participants with transportation challenges; 4-H and UF IFAS Extension, who presented a youth workforce readiness program and the Friends of Green Cay Nature Center, who provided a generous financial contribution to this program. Special thanks to the Parks Natural Resource section, our nature centers, recreation centers, therapeutic recreation and Riverbend Park staff for their support.

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As a result of the Nature Ninja Warrior program, participants not only broadened their access to the parks and recreation field, but also showed significant improvements in eight youth development outcomes. Teamwork, independence, responsibility, competency, problem solving, friendship, exploration and affinity for nature were measured through pre and post testing developed by the American Camp Association. The Nature Ninja Warrior Program will continue in the fall with returning students building upon the skills they learned during the spring. Returning program participants will have a leadership role during the new season and will assist in guiding the new participants through the program. The Nature Ninja Warrior student work experience program will begin in summer 2019. This will provide program graduates with paid work experience in the Parks and Recreation Department.

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For more information on this program, please contact Pat Rash at: prash@pbcgov.org 

 

 

#pbcParks Promotes Good Health and Wellness

Active lifestyles are key to a healthy mind and body, but many people don’t get out and moving as much as they should. The Palm Beach County Parks and Recreation Department is committed to offering a variety of opportunities to help you and your loved ones find balance and stay healthy.

The Office of Public Engagement created this Public Service Announcement to show the multitude of ways PBC Parks contributes to the physical wellbeing of Palm Beach County. The video includes original artwork and animation created by intern Carlos Duenas, Jr. with a voice over by Public Relations Specialist Bibi Baksh.

We make the quality of life for Palm Beach County residents and visitors better by providing diverse, safe and affordable recreation services, welcoming parks, and enriching social and cultural experiences. We achieve this by promoting wellness, fostering environmental stewardship, contributing economic value, and by improving our community every day for this and future generations.

For more opportunities for healthy, happy living, visit pbcParks.com.

LOS MEJORES PARQUES PARA FAMILIAS CON NIÑOS PEQUEÑOS

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El Departamento de Parques y Recreación del Condado de Palm Beach ofrece varios entornos para que las familias con niños pequeños pasen tiempo juntos mientras crecen, aprenden y practican estilos de vida saludables. Con más de 80 parques e instalaciones recreativas desde Tequesta a Boca Raton y al oeste hasta el lago Okeechobee, hay una variedad de actividades en las que los padres y los niños pequeños pueden participar – Todos nuestros parques e instalaciones son inspeccionados para proporcionar experiencias seguras. ¡Aquí hay una lista de nuestros parques favoritos!

John Prince Park

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El parque John Prince en Lake Worth no decepcionará a los pequeños. Los niños pueden disfrutar de 5 patios de recreo en todo el parque, incluyendo un campo de recreo ilimitado que proporciona a los niños con y sin discapacidades una experiencia colorida, sensorial y accesible. Situado al lado del amplio patio de recreo se encuentra un parque de atracciones donde los niños pueden correr a través de una serie de arcos rociadores, pararse bajo una gigantesca cola que salpica agua y mucho más. Todo ello bajo tres velas de sombra que proporcionan protección solar. El parque también ofrece un área de ejercicios Fitness Zone® para que los padres puedan mantenerse activos mientras sus hijos juegan. Los adultos pueden hacer ejercicio usando 17 facilidades Fitness Zone® al aire libre, que se encuentra cerca de un gran pabellón y un parque infantil.

Okeeheelee Park

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Una visita al Parque Okeeheelee es una gran oportunidad para realizar actividades físicas y educarse. El parque de 1.700 hectáreas cuenta con tres parques infantiles para correr, deslizarse y balancearse. Después de pasar tiempo en el patio de recreo, los padres pueden llevar a sus hijos al Okeeheelee Nature Center (OKNC), ubicado dentro del parque. En OKNC, las familias pueden visitar exposiciones prácticas, encuentros con animales y una tienda de regalos relacionados con la naturaleza. La entrada al OKNC y a los senderos es gratuita. La participación en los programas y alquileres de bicicletas/kayak son nominales. Programe su visita y experimente un evento ecuestre en Jim Brandon Equestrian Center en Okeeheelee Park South, situado en el lado sur de Forest Hill Boulevard.

Westgate Park and Recreation Center

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Ubicado en West Palm Beach el parque Westgate y el centro recreativo cuentan con un patio de recreo, parques de atracciones y gimnasio, convirtiéndolo en un lugar ideal para actividades para padres e hijos. En un día caluroso, los niños pueden refrescarse a través del colorido parque acuático. Mientras los niños disfrutan del nuevo patio de recreo, los adultos pueden aprovechar la oportunidad de trabajar en una zona de fitness de 10 piezas bien equipada, mientras observan a sus hijos Divertirse.

Lake Worth West Neighborhood Park

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Lake Worth West Neighborhood Park en el centro del condado de Palm Beach recientemente fue remodelado, cortesía de la Fundación de Office Depot y el condado de Palm Beach. Ahora, los residentes de Lake Worth West pueden disfrutar de un nuevo parque infantil con equipos accesibles para todas las habilidades, así como una biblioteca gratuita, espacio verde, cancha de baloncesto y un jardín de mariposas. Con una estación de ejercicios ubicada al lado del patio de recreo. Los adultos pueden hacer una variedad de ejercicios mientras observan a sus hijos.

Burt Aaronson South County Regional Park

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Ya sea que pase el día en Coconut Cove Waterpark, juegue en uno de los dos patios de recreo, o se dirija al Daggerwing Nature Center para aprender sobre reptiles e insectos, hay algo para cada miembro de la familia en Burt Aaronson South County Regional Parque. Coconut Cove Waterpark es una actividad perfecta para esos calurosos días de verano; niños y adultos pueden correr en un patio de recreo, deslizarse por toboganes o flotar a lo largo de un río perezoso. En el centro natural Daggerwing, los niños pueden jugar y aprender a través de exhibiciones interactivas, o aventurarse afuera, a un paseo marítimo y una torre donde las familias pueden observar y aprender sobre la vida silvestre. Si bien hay una cuota de admisión para el parque acuático Coconut Cove, la visita al centro natural Daggerwing es gratuita, con la excepción de las cuotas del programa.

Glades Pioneer Park

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Para conocer las ubicaciones de los parques, visite www.pbcparks.com.

Say “hello” to the PlayMaker

The Palm Beach County’s Parks and Recreation Department’s ‘PlayMaker’ van has arrived!

“The PlayMaker” is Palm Beach County’s mobile recreation van, bringing recreation to communities one day each week and one weekend day per month, August through May. Residents of all ages will enjoy free activities and music in a safe and caring environment. Adults & seniors, rediscover the kid in you and meet your neighbors. Teens and kids, come play games and hang out with your friends.

For more information, visit The PlayMaker’s webpage or call 561-966-7054.​

We make the quality of life for Palm Beach County residents and visitors better by providing diverse, safe and affordable recreation services, welcoming parks, and enriching social and cultural experiences. We achieve this by promoting wellness, fostering environmental stewardship, contributing economic value, and by improving our community every day for this and future generations.

Please visit www.pbcparks.com​ for more leisure opportunities available through the Palm Beach County Parks and Recreation Department.

Students learn about “Old Time Florida” at Riverbend Education Day

About 120 students, along with parents and teachers, ventured to Riverbend Park on November 3rd to discover “Old Time Florida” as part of Riverbend’s Education Day, part one of the two-day Pioneer Farmstead Event.

“The idea here is for the schools to come out here and experience a little bit about what they learn in the classroom through the history program – 4th graders are targeted because there’s a big history drive on the fourth grade,” said Naturalist John Welch.

The students learned about sugar cane processing and boiling, growing citrus, cattle and other animals, general pioneer life and more. Welch says the event helps teach kids about the work pioneers did to prosper on the land, “to make them a little more appreciative of how we came to be here, what the challenge was that these people faced, what they did for us and also themselves.”

Riverbend Park is located at 9060 Indiantown Road in Jupiter and is operated by the Palm Beach County Parks and Recreation Department. The park is open every day from sunrise to sunset.

We make the quality of life for Palm Beach County residents and visitors better by providing diverse, safe and affordable recreation services, welcoming parks, and enriching social and cultural experiences. We achieve this by promoting wellness, fostering environmental stewardship, contributing economic value, and by improving our community every day for this and future generations.

Please visit www.pbcparks.com​ for more leisure opportunities available through the Palm Beach County Parks and Recreation Department.

Destination Recreation 7: Glades Area Parks

Welcome to the seventh episode of Destination Recreation! We take you through different Palm Beach County parks and facilities in each episode – giving you a unique peek at what you can experience at our more than 80 locations throughout the County.

On this episode, we travel to a unique part of Palm Beach County to check out eight of our Glades-area parks, located in the Western part of the county. We travel through popular parks like South Bay RV Park, John Stretch Memorial Park and Glades Pioneer Park and take a look at the countless recreational opportunities in the area.

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We make the quality of life for Palm Beach County residents and visitors better by providing diverse, safe and affordable recreation services, welcoming parks, and enriching social and cultural experiences. We achieve this by promoting wellness, fostering environmental stewardship, contributing economic value, and by improving our community every day for this and future generations.

Changes Welcomed at Riverbend Park

County officials held a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 4 to celebrate the opening of Riverbend Park’s recent improvements. The ceremony was part of the free annual Pioneer Farmstead Day event  held from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

“Located along the Loxahatchee River, Florida’s first nationally designated Wild and Scenic River, Riverbend Park is an oasis of beauty connecting residents and visitors with our natural and historic treasures,” said District 1 Commissioner Hal R. Valeche.

Park improvements include the construction of a 4,500 square foot building that accommodate public restrooms and staff offices, reconfiguration of the entrance to include paved parking spaces and construction of a plaza/overlook for the adjacent Loxahatchee Battlefield Park. New underground utilities have also been installed to connect the planned improvements to the Town of Jupiter’s water and sewer system.

“Promoting the stewardship of natural, archaeological and cultural sites is a core service of the Palm Beach County Parks and Recreation Department,” said Director Eric Call. “Park visitors are invited to explore the extensive system of self-guided trails and to experience the park’s diverse natural resources through hiking, bicycling, horseback riding, canoeing and kayaking.”

Riverbend Park is located at 9060 Indiantown Road in Jupiter and is operated by the Palm Beach County Parks and Recreation Department. The park is open every day from sunrise to sunset.

Please visit www.pbcparks.com​ for more leisure opportunities available through the Palm Beach County Parks and Recreation Department.